Saturday, 15 November 2008

Moving on

What a week.   It's been all go - getting back to reality in the raw, an informal workshop on batik with my chums of Just 10.   Oh, I'd rather be in India!   So much to contend with and feeling very tired.

Onward and upwards.  My friend Liz and I have been collecting wonderful textiles from India over the past year as part of a new venture.   We sent out loads of handouts to friends and colleges advertising the Christmas Emporium. So many scarves and warps made by master weavers, silk from Varanasi, organic cotton and silk, wool, delicate scarves with mirror work: delicious embroidered bags by tribal artisans;  silver jewellery from Rajasthan, plus loads more.  Hand made books. All gorgeous stuff.

All a bit of a learning curve.  Uptake on handouts 20%.   Interest in items for sale 100%

So now we have to have a positive marketing campaign for 2009. We know we have amazing stock.  What to do next?  All a bit head scratching.  Mad solutions 1. travelling VW camper, 2. a yurt, with amazing intereriors - a taste of the East, luscious hangings and candles.   Think I might have to go to bed and dream.

Tomorrow a general tidy up - the house has been taken over - then to concentrate on the three hangings i have to complete by the end of December, various workshops, not to mention Journal Quilts which are lining up in a very scary manner.